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Qatar 2022 organisers 'open' to FIFA's expansion plan

16 March 2019

If such a proposal can be submitted, a final vote on the idea is due to be taken at the next FIFA Congress, scheduled to go ahead in Paris on June 5 on the eve of the Women's World Cup.

In other news as reported by insideworldfootball, Confederation of African Football President and FIFA vice-president Ahmed finally received a visa to enter the United States for the meetings.

Infantino was more effusive about the revamped Club World Cup, saying that the current seven-team competition that is held every year in December will be replaced by a 24-team event, with a "pilot edition" being held in June of 2021.

Now, at the FIFA Council meeting that took place in Miami, Florida on Friday, it was confirmed (as per Get French Football News) that FIFA would work with Qatar to expand the 2022 World Cup into a 48-team tournament.

The study identified venues in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that could be used but said Qatar would have to approve which nations it would partner with.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das had confirmed the development to the Indian Express and said, "We want to bid for the under-17 women's world cup and wanted to understand the procedure".

Men work on the construction site of the Ras Abu Aboud stadium in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup
APMen work on the construction site of the Ras Abu Aboud stadium in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup

"Now the world will see a real Club World Cup where fans will see the best teams in the world compete to be crowned the real world champions", he said.

"We will work with FIFA to determine whether or not a viable operating model does exist and importantly, whether it is in the best interests for football and for the tournament, and for Qatar as the host nation", a spokesman for Qatar 2022 said. "We want to have an exciting competition, we want to have a prestigious competition, we want to have an inclusive competition and we will have this in the new Club World Cup starting in 2021". The confederations would decide their own qualification process. Teams would play two to five matches over a maximum of 18 days.

Infantino said five members of the Council did not attend the meeting, the first for FIFA's leadership in the U.S. since American law enforcement arrested numerous sport's top officials in 2015 on corruption charges.

The India men's team were knocked out in the group stages of the U-17 World Cup, with their only goal in the marquee tournament coming against Colombia.

The new competition is expected to include eight teams from Europe.

According to a Federation Internationale de Football Association document seen by Associated Press, it has been proposed the tournament would run from 17 June to 4 July, with 2022 World Cup qualifiers (31 May to 8 June) preceding it and the African Cup of Nations and Concacaf Gold Cup possibly taking place from 5 July to 31 July. No domestic women's competition uses video review.

Qatar 2022 organisers 'open' to FIFA's expansion plan